It’s another edition of Author Wednesday here at Writing Whims. Today I am pleased to feature James Moushon who is a stellar promoter of Indie Authors through various blogs (The eBook Author’s Corner, HBS Author’s Spotlight, and HBS Mystery Reader’s Circle). When he’s not promoting the rest of us, he’s busy writing his own mystery and thriller novels. He’s just released the second book in the Jonathon Stone Mystery Novels, Game of Fire.
James, welcome to Author Wednesday. It’s a pleasure to return the favor by featuring you today as an author. Let’s talk a bit about your writing life. What’s an average day for you as writer, blogger, and promoter of Indie Authors?
I usually spend the first two hours working on a book I’m writing or a short story. Then I switch gears and start working on my three blogs. I try to do at least one post a day. All my blogs are book and author related so my research is sort of mixed together. In the evening I try to relax and do some social media things. Boring right.
I think it sounds very organized. For someone who does so many different things, it’s probably essential. Put your writer hat on now. Who has most influenced your writing and why?
Ernest Hemingway. I was fortunate enough to meet a Hemingway scholar when I was in college. I write about things I have experienced and visualized.
There’s no one better to serve as an example. You’ve been writing mystery/thriller novels. Is there another genre or form you’d like to try?
Short stories. I plan on publishing a bundle of six short stories this summer, featuring my leading character, Jonathon Stone.
Speaking of Jonathon Stone, do all your books have a common theme or thread?
All my books, so far, have a Mystery and Espionage theme with a CIA agent chasing down the bad guys and terrorists. One of the things that makes it unique is the action for the most part is in the United States, which is an off-books adventure.
Tell us about your favorite character from your novels.
Jonathon Stone, CIA agent at large. He likes action. He likes to gamble. He likes the ladies with drinking a close second. Although I am not as lucky as Jon, I like to gamble.
That’s the beauty of writing fiction. We can make our characters into the person we’d most like to be. What’s the best thing said about one of your books by a reviewer?
Here’s my favorite review of Game of Fire: “That’s pretty much my criteria for how good a book is. If I keep putting it down, I probably won’t finish it. Trust me, you won’t be putting Game of Fire down. The story of former CIA Agent Jonathan Stone and his relationship with Jodi Shannon is wonderful, as is the fast-paced unfolding of the plot. I live in the part of California where the novel takes places and because of the author’s integrity to time and place, I can only assume that the bomb making and everything else is just as valid. I didn’t just like this book, I’m hooked on Jonathon Stone and the author’s style of writing. Thank you for providing such a great read!”
That’s a wonderful review, which gives us a view into the plot. What’s your one sentence pitch for Game of Fire?
CIA agent Jonathon Stone hunts for an arsonist linked to terrorism and espionage.
I’m hooked. How did you choose the title?
Game of Fire: The story starts with an explosion in Little Saigon, California during the Tet Festival Parade. The year was 2007 and the Vietnamese were celebrating the year of the Fire Pig. The cover has the Chinese characters announcing the event.
What type of research did you do in the writing of this book?
I lived in the area for years and experienced the celebration many times.
With your busy schedule, it’s hard to imagine you having down time, but when you do, what do you like to do?
Right now it is summer time, and I’m watching baseball almost every day. I love the game. Oh yeah, I watch the game with a laptop close by.
I bet you do. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you a little better, James. I appreciate all that you do to support us Indies. Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for having me.
Starting more than fifteen years ago, he helped lead the start up of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion, and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products, and training seminars. In 2003, Moushon changed his focus to eBbooks and their development.
He is currently wearing three hats. He is a mystery writer, book publishing blogger, and a computer consultant. He has spent the majority of his adult life developing computer systems and thinking about writing.
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